Yemeni authorities ban mobile phone campaigning [Archives:2006/974/Local News]

August 21 2006

SANA'A, Aug 20 ) Timed with the approach of the Yemeni presidential and local elections' fever the Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry warns about the exploitation of text messages during the campaigning.

The ministry says any mobile phone company found issuing partisan messages under any pretext will lose their operating license, according to a report by Yemeni Army's publication, 26 September.

The same source, which is close to presidency house, mentioned a warning letter sent to the three mobile companies, Sabafon, Spacetel and Yemen Mobile, indicating the ministry will take legal procedures in case these companies violate their operating agreements.

“TIGM will not hesitate to withdraw the operation license from any company which does not abide to the agreement